St. Giles Cathedral, or the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principle place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. It is located along the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The church is named after Saint Giles, the patron saint of Edinburgh as well as cripples and lepers. I found the Cathedral itself to be a stunning building both inside and out with many unique features. This was my first time going inside the church and I was pleasantly surprised at how “atmospheric” it was. I love seeing all of the different details that people felt were important enough to include in these types of buildings. And to see how opinions changed through the years and through various additions (smile).
The original building suffered from a fire in the 14th Century, but was rebuilt and additions/restorations have occurred throughout the years. During the Restoration, John Knox stripped the church of its Catholic decorations and whitewashed the walls. To this day there is a statue of John Knox, who was a minister at the cathedral for some years, out front.
The organ and pulpit were in perfect light on this particular day making for one happy camera-girl (smile). The organ was donated to the Cathedral in 1992 and the glass paneled rear allows the mechanism to be viewed in action.
If you’re making your way down the Royal Mile, I highly recommend a walk through. It’s a “donations only” attraction and a lovely, relaxing spot for a breather (smile).
Do you enjoy visiting churches, cathedrals, etc.? Which/where is your favorite?
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